The Great American Smokeout
The Stone County Health Department completely supports the American Cancer Society by marking the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. Each year Stone County Health Department encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout this year is Thursday, November 19, 2016.
By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Tobacco use by smoking or chewing remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. However, about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2012, 24.7 % of Stone County residents reporting using tobacco products on a daily basis. That is approximately 7,808 adults who choose to use tobacco.
The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger has the most health benefits, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.
We are Here to Help You Quit –
In Stone County, tobacco cessation classes are provided Stone County’s Health Educator, Monica Spittler. To register for the Stone County program, call 417-357-6134. In Taney County, tobacco cessation classes are offered through Cox Medical Center Branson and led by Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Jim Brawner. To register for the Taney County program, please call 417-348-8498.
For more information about this topic and others, call (417)357-6134 or visit our website at www.stonecountyhealthdepartment.com.